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Clay County Stay At Home Order and City Hall Updates
 
Posted on Monday March 23, 2020
 
March 23, 2020 Clay County Public Health and City Hall Updates
 
Below is an important update from Clay County Public Health regarding the Stay At Home order beginning March 24, 2020.

Please be aware that due to this order there may be impacts to certain City Services. Utilize the City's  Report-a-Concern or leave a message at (816) 532-3897 and we will get back with you as soon as possible. 


March 23, 2020 Message from Clay County Public Health

Community Letter to Clay County – Stay at Home

Dear Clay County community members,

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread in the Kansas City area and is a threat to the health of all of us, regardless of age or health condition. In response to this threat, Clay County Public Health Center has issued public health emergency orders for all who live and work in Clay County to “stay at home” except for essential activities. These orders will be in place from Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, April 24, 2020.

The COVID-19 virus is spread when someone who is infected, whether they know it yet or not, coughs or sneezes and shares respiratory droplets with others that they are in close contact with. By dramatically limiting the amount of physical contact we have with others, we can reduce the number of people who become sick and need immediate medical attention. As the health care system works hard to limit the spread of COVID-19, everyday life challenges still happen. They still work to provide care for heart attacks, stroke and many other life-threatening conditions. By practicing social distancing, you can help prevent our health care system and workers from being overwhelmed and help save lives.

What CAN I do?

  • Go to the grocery store or pharmacy
  • Visit a health care provider if you are sick or have an emergency medical need
  • Enjoy the outdoors while practicing social distancing
  • Perform your job that is essential to the health and safety of the community
  • Perform your job or communicate through phone calls, video calls online or through other channels that are not in-person
  • Take care of elderly relatives, young children, those with medical needs or pets

What can I NOT do?

  • Dine in a restaurant or drink at a bar
  • Go to a nail/hair salon, clothing store, gym, fitness studio or get a massage
  • Go to a movie, concert, sporting event or worship service
  • Attend a wedding or funeral
  • Visit friends and family who do not live with you, especially those who are at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

What should I ALWAYS do?

  • Keep physical distance between yourself and others, about six feet
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home and away from others when you’re sick, cough or sneeze into you’re your elbow or always cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue that is promptly thrown away
  • Stay calm and follow trustworthy local officials for updates and guidance

We encourage you to use these unprecedented times to look after yourself and your community in ways you may not normally. Pay attention to your physical health and call your doctor if you don’t feel well. Check on your elderly family members and neighbors. Take extra steps to care for your mental health like going on walks outdoors or arranging daily video calls with friends and family. Find creative and generous ways to support others in need who may need help financially, emotionally or in other ways.

We know many of you will still have questions about how these orders apply to your own life and we will try to provide more information and answers to your questions over the next few days. However, remember the main goal of shelter in place: to protect the people in our communities, and keep our first responders, hospitals, medical staff, and entire healthcare system from being overwhelmed. By following these orders over the next few weeks, whether as an employer, employee or just as a friend or neighbor, you will have an impact on everyone else in our community. Doing your part now will save lives later.

Thank you for playing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Clay County! 

For the latest updates and guidance, make sure to visit clayhealth.com/coronavirus and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

March 22, 2020 Message from Smithville Mayor Damien Boley

Hello citizens of Smithville. I would like to start off with an observation of encouragement during the past few weeks. You have really come together as a community to support our small businesses and restaurants. During days of uncertainty we can either demonstrate our best qualities or our worst. I am glad to see our community is demonstrating our best qualities.

At this time I would like to acknowledge those who are in charge of making the decisions for our community in the capacity they are called to do so.

  • Decisions for our schools are made by the School District. They are following Kansas City School District very closely when making their decisions.
  • Public Health and Safety regulations are being monitored and followed based off of CDC recommendations.
  • The City of Smithville is following guidelines and suggestions from the Clay County Public Health Services.
  • All up to date information for the City of Smithville is provided through our City of Smithville website and social media pages as well as our Police department.

Please practice social distancing at this time and the suggestions of the Center of Disease Control guidelines as it pertains to COVID-19.

Do check in with neighbors and family members via texting, phone calls, face time or social media.

Do go for a walk close to home but remember to maintain 6 feet from those outside your immediate family.

Remember to encourage one another. Follow the guidelines/order that has been put into place. Have grace for those in leadership at this time. Whether that be your local pastor, government or school official; law enforcement, public health workers, grocery stores and convenience stores. We are all in uncharted territory and draw our strength from you. Please encourage, help one another and stay home to protect yourself and others at this time.

Thank you,

Mayor Damien Boley

March 27,2020 Message from the Mayor of Smithville Supporting Clay County’s Order

Earlier this week, I commended you on the way you have come together as a community to support our community. During days of uncertainty we can either demonstrate our best qualities or our worst. I am glad to see our community is demonstrating our best qualities.

We are at the beginning of the first weekend of the recently enacted shelter in place order from the Clay County Public Health Center.  There are so many people who are abiding by this order and I am so grateful for that because this is going to save lives down the road, maybe even yours, mine, our family and our friends. However, we still have too many who are not taking this seriously. I ask that you continue to follow the recommendations of the Clay County Public Health Center as outlined in the order:

What CAN I do?
• Go to the grocery store or pharmacy (consider limiting the number of family members going to one person in order to limit the contact to yourself and others)
• Visit a health care provider if you are sick or have an emergency medical need
• Enjoy the outdoors while practicing social distancing and avoiding closed playgrounds
• Perform your job that is essential to the health and safety of the community
• Perform your job or communicate through phone calls, video calls online or through other        channels that are not in-person
• Take care of elderly relatives, young children, those with medical needs or pets

What can I NOT do?
• Dine in a restaurant or drink at a bar
• Go to a nail/hair salon, clothing store, gym, fitness studio or get a massage
• Go to a movie, concert, sporting event or worship service
• Attend a wedding or funeral
• Visit friends and family who do not live with you, especially those who are at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

What should I ALWAYS do?
• Keep physical distance between yourself and others, about six feet
• Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Stay home and away from others when you’re sick
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or always cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue that is promptly thrown away
• Stay calm and follow trustworthy local officials for updates and guidance

I would further encourage you to limit those “essential trips” outside your home in order to keep you, your loved ones and those around you safe. As I noted earlier this week, we are all in uncharted territory and draw our strength from one another. Please encourage, help one another and stay home to protect yourself and others at this time.

Thank you,

Mayor Damien Boley

 

 
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